Pelé’s health improves but he remains in hospital

Dec 11, 2022, 5:53 PM | Updated: Dec 12, 2022, 10:24 am
A life-size statue of Brazilian soccer legend Pele is displayed during an Conmebol event to pay tri...

A life-size statue of Brazilian soccer legend Pele is displayed during an Conmebol event to pay tribute to Pele in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

(AP Photo/Andre Penner)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pelé is doing better after having been hospitalized to treat a respiratory infection aggravated by COVID-19, doctors at the Albert Einstein hospital said Monday.

Pelé has been in hospital since Nov. 29 and doctors said they still don’t know when he will be discharged.

He is “conscious and has stable vital signs,” a statement from the hospital said.

Pelé, the only player to win three World Cups, is also undergoing chemotherapy.

His daughter Kely Nascimento, who lives in the U.S., posted on social media Monday several photos from her father’s hospital. In one of them she is holding her father’s hand, with the message “I arrived.” Another shows her working remotely from hospital.

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